We’ve had plenty of fun in the sun this week at Briar Dene Childcare. As the soaring temperatures are set to continue over the weekend in West Lancashire we’ve been busy teaching our little ones how to enjoy the outdoors whilst staying safe.
Here are some tips and really simple ways we can keep our children and babies safe in the sun:
- Use a high factor sunscreen. Experts recommended that you use 50+ factor as research shows that this level has an extra protection. Also, use a sunscreen that says “broad-spectrum” on the label as this means it will block out both UVB and UVA rays.
- Dress children in lightweight clothing to give coverage to the body. You can also look for protective clothing labelled with an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) for extra protection.
- Children need to be wearing their hats when in the sun; the best type of hat is one with at least a 3-inch rim that goes all the way around as this will protect the face, ears and the back of the neck.
- Children should wear sunglasses. Look for children’s sunglasses that have at least 99% UV protection on them (they will be labelled to indicate this) as this will protect their eyes from the sun’s rays.
- Keep children hydrated: Drinking water is an important part of staying healthy, especially when it’s hot outside. This is an especially important step. Drink plenty of cool liquids, particularly water, before you even feel thirsty. Eat more fruits and veggies and drink water before, during, and after physical activities.
You can find more information via the NHS website by following this link:
The government have also released a useful and informative document from the Public Health England – ‘Looking after children and those in early years settings during heatwaves: guidance for teachers and professionals’ you can find this here
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